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Former Ravens QB Cashes In

During the 2011 lockout several Ravens players gathered at Towson University Johnny Unitas Stadium to practice in order to prepare for the coming season, one that would be Tyrod Taylor’s rookie season.

He was hardly impressive and clearly shorter than his reported height of 6’1”.

Not only that but the 6th round pick out of Virginia Tech threw passes that looked like wounded ducks and they often ran out of gas before reaching their intended targets. I wondered how he would even make the team.

Five years, a Super Bowl ring, Pro Bowl nomination and a $90 million contract later, Taylor is the defacto starter for the Buffalo Bills and the first quarterback the Ravens will see when they open the season on September 11 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Other Ravens would often talk about Tyrod’s skill set, his ability to lead and make splash plays. I’m sure that none are surprised by his success – success that is the result of perseverance, determination and a commitment to his profession.

Hard work pays!

Tyrod deserves everything he gets because as great as his athleticism is, the man behind it all is even better.

But that said, $90 million over 6 years? Really?

Of course reports of Tyrod’s new deal is yet another example of a carefully crafted PR plan by an agent who wants to float bloated numbers out there to improve his position in the sports agents’ big weenie contest.

But let’s be real.

Tyrod’s deal is guaranteed for $9.5M with some team-friendly buyout options after year 1. Nothing more, nothing less, not the reported number nearly 10 times greater than the actual.

Here in Baltimore, Tyrod feels like one of our own. He feels like family.

hard work pays

Bills Assistant DB Coach Ed Reed (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

That is, until the prodigal son returns to Baltimore on September 11 when the Ravens host the Bills. The day also marks the return of Rex Ryan and assistant coach Ed Reed who will be celebrating his 38th birthday that day.

The Ravens are currently listed as 3-point favorites but we can all expect that number to grow a bit given the injuries and suspensions that have hit the Bills roster.

It will be good to see all of those former family members back at The Bank again, provided of course the Ravens send Rex and his lap-band surgically reduced belly home with indigestion and Ed Reed a birthday spanking.

Oh and while we wish Tyrod fame and fortune, let’s hope he looks like that overwhelmed rookie at Towson University in 2011.

And finally, to borrow from another former Raven…

Can’t wait!

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